Cinnamon Rolls

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  • 105 mins
  • Prep: 90 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 30 servings
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What is better than waking up to the smell of cinnamon baking in the oven?  Well it might be bacon crackling on the stove, but why not make both! These cinnamon rolls are the bomb.  If you bring a tray of them to someone's house they will love you forever!  The rising time takes a little while, but the hands on time is very quick and easy!  This recipe makes a large batch, so you can make several trays.  

Dish up these amazing rolls on Christmas morning or anytime you have a large crowd to feed.  They are a filling breakfast all on their own, or you can serve them with bacon and eggs for those hungry teens! You can make them ahead of time and they freeze and reheat easily! If you are going to freeze them, simply cook them for 5 minutes less than directed below.  Let them cool and cover them with foil.  Store in the freezer for up to 3 months!

You can change up the icing by adding different flavorings.  Try adding a little strong coffee in place of part of the milk.  You can also add orange extract or maple extract for an extra kick!

What You'll Need

  • For the Rolls:
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 8 to 9 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 to 3 cups butter
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

How to Make It

  1. Heat the milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Just let it simmer, not boil. Remove from the heat and let it cool to lukewarm.  This may take ten minutes or so.  You can transfer it to the fridge in another bowl if you need to speed up the process!
  2. Pour the yeast over the top of the milk mixture and then stir to combine.
  3. Add about 7 cups of the flour and stir together gently. cover with a towel and put it in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  1. Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and stir to combine. Divide the dough into two or three large pieces.
  2. Roll out one piece at a time into a large rectangle. Leave it relatively thick, about 1/2 inch.  Make sure the rectangle is long, width-wise. Think hot dog, not hamburger.
  3. Pour about 3/4 cup of butter over the dough and sprinkle about half the cinnamon and sugar over the top.
  4. Roll the dough away from you in a tight roll until it is completely rolled up. Pinch the seam together and then cut into 2 inch slices.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup of butter into each baking dish. You will need about 3-4 round cake pans.  You may choose other, larger or smaller baking pans.  You may need to add more or less butter depending on the size of the pan. Place the rolls on top.  Make sure they are not too close together as they will rise quite a bit in the rising and cooking process.
  6. Cover the tray with a towel  and repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Let the rolls rise for about 20 minutes.
  8. Whisk together all icing ingredients until smooth.
  9. Bake rolls at 375 for about 15 minutes, do not over bake. They should be lightly brown and slightly firm to the touch.
  10. Remove rolls from the oven and if you can manage let them cool a bit and then drizzle icing over the top.
  11. EAT THEM!